- Brad Molen , Engadget
The One M8 for Windows is worth considering if you're looking for a beautifully designed Windows Phone with fast performance.
- Great performance
- Plenty of storage space
- All-metal design
- Bright, crisp display
- XLTE and GSM support
- MicroSD card support
- Lack of app availability
- Average camera
- Windows phone interface
With its stylish design and flagship specs, the M8 is a very popular option on the Android market. While the brand was once synonymous with Windows phones, it has been a while since anyone has seen an HTC phone running anything but Android. The HTC One (M8) for Windows looks to get them back in the game. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s dive into the reviews.
If you’ve looked at the Android M8, there really isn’t much new to see on the hardware front. It’s the same device, with an extra logo on the back. However, if you haven’t seen the M8 before, you’ll either love or hate its all-metal unibody design. While reviews are positive on the look of the phone and build quality, a tall design and a smooth back make for a slippery grip according to many reviews. PC World noted its “solid, professional construction” while CNet hailed it as “handsome and opulent.”
The metal chassis wraps around a large 5-inch 1080p IPS LCD. Reviews on the screen were very positive with everyone mentioning how crisp and clear it is. Brightness does not appear to be an issue. However, CNet noted that wearing polarized sunglasses while using the phone could pose some problems. While it might not have the pure blacks of an AMOLED display, reviews give the screen high marks across the board.
Pushing the M8 is a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. Even with the high-resolution display, reviews indicate that performance is stellar. CNet noted that it “handles like greased lightning.” Engadget was less impressed, stating that it “runs well most of the time.” They later elaborate, stating that many delays are simply a cause of animations and other eye candy used by Windows Phone 8.1.1 and not actual issues with performance at all.
With 32GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 128GB, there handset offers plenty of room for your movie collection, music or the latest high-definition games. Reviews also noted that there is very little pre-installed bloatware to take up space on the device out of the box. Combined with the stereo BoomSound speakers and reviews indicate it is an excellent choice for media consumption and gaming. Phone Arena declared, “From its vibrant screen to its stereo speakers, it definitely delivers the goods in this particular area.” CNet added that the speakers “belt out a ton of sound.”
Power users will appreciate the battery life on the phone. While the 2600mAh battery cannot be swapped out, reviews all found the phone to have exceptional battery life. While gaming would tax the battery, most found that average or heavy usage otherwise would still net a full day’s use on a single charge. CNet tested the phone with light mixed use and talking and found they were about to use the phone for 21 hours without searching for a power outlet.
Other features include an IR blaster for controlling your television, the Cortana voice assistant and the interesting UFocus feature. By including two cameras on the back of the device, the UFocus feature allows you to refocus photos after you’ve taken them and add a number of artistic effects and filters not found on other handsets. Unfortunately, overall reviews of the camera are average at best, with many reviews citing lighting issues and overall soft photos. CNet said, “Compared with several Nokia Lumias, this device just isn't up to par.”
At the end of the day, the weakest point of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, according to reviews, isn’t the hardware at all. It’s the Windows software. Pocket Now found the interface unfriendly with some common tasks and all reviews pointed out a lack of app availability compared to Android or iOS.
However, if you’re not concerned about this issue, the phone gets rave reviews. CNet believes the phone will “undoubtedly satisfy your needs -- as only Microsoft's software and HTC's premium hardware can.” Business Insider calls it “a fantastic phone.” Even Engadget declared it “one of the best options” in the Windows Phone lineup.
Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)
New phone, same story
So who should want an HTC One (M8) for Windows? Well, the same kind of people who would want a Windows Phone in general. Relative to other phones that run Microsoft’s platform, this is one of the top options on the market. It’s still a wonderful piece of machinery, with a great display, fast processor, and best-in-class speakers. It’s also not a Lumia, a rare feat for new devices of its kind. Outside of its so-so camera, it is one of the two most well-rounded phones running its OS.
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Marries high-end design with modern specs
When the M8 for Windows originally debuted on Verizon, I was hopeful that it would be the first of many Android-to-Windows conversions. Despite Microsoft's free licensing policy, though, that hope has failed to come to fruition. And with Microsoft itself strictly focusing on the low-to-midrange market, there aren't very many choices for die-hard Windows Phone fans. The Nokia Lumia 830 is the only other recent entrant on AT&T, and we found it to be an underpowered and overpriced midrange phone. After that, what's left is the oversized and rapidly aging Lumia 1520 to compete at the high-e... Full review
Nokia Lumia’s true nemesis
The most appealing trait of the HTC One M8 for Windows is design. The smartphone is the best looking on the market and the fact that it’s made of aluminum is another plus. Hardware-wise, HTC’s device should be the most powerful smartphone, at least on paper, running the Windows Phone platform.
There are so many key features that should be mentioned here, like the front-facing BoomSound speakers, microSD card slot, 32GB storage, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU and 2GB of RAM. The Windows Phone 8.1 is another positive aspect that should increase the smartph... Full review
Same genes, different DNA
There's a lot to love about the HTC One M8 for Windows - it's the device that proves the importance of a premium build and construction, irrelevant of software platform. We love the M8 design because it enhances the overall experience.
The things that work really well on the Android device from a hardware perspective work well in the Windows device too: the M8 offers a great display and the best mobile sound experience around. However, the Windows Phone 8.1 software experience is a little slower than Android - largely because of animations and some arrangement issues - so you mi... Full review
A great smartphone, but it should have been even better to deserve its flagship price
Same hardware with a different operating system
A Tasty Offering From HTC
The HTC One M8 is almost the perfect marriage of hardware and software that would make any first time Windows Phone user feel right at home coming from an Android device. Does this mean I can fully recommend it to everyone? No, simply for the camera. While the UltraPixel does take some nice pictures, there are so many better options when it comes to Windows Phone devices.
That being said I love the way the device feels in hand, I love the fact that it's a 5 inch screen yet I can still use it one handed. So if you can overlook the average camera on the rear and a few missing Nokia... Full review
The body of Iron Man with the soul of Aquaman
A novel new take on Windows Phone
The One (M8) doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself to receive my unconditional recommendation for Windows Phone users. Neither BlinkFeed nor SenseTV justify the purchase, leaving the One M8’s camera technology as the primary reason to buy the phone.
Still, the idealist in me hopes that there’s more to come from HTC's Windows Phone vision. Microsoft recently loosened its grip on Windows Phone hardware, a policy decision that was instrumental in allowing the HTC One (M8) to come to market. That breath of fresh air makes me yearn for something more. Cloning my ex... Full review
A premium Windows Phone handset
The One for Windows is a solid effort from HTC. The hardware is quite good, and possibly the best available for the Windows Phone platform. The device truly conquers the basics, with an excellent screen, great audio quality, superb performance on Verizon's network, and killer battery life.
The Windows Phone platform looks and performs great on the One for Windows. I had no trouble with any of the apps or services on board, and it processed everything at blazing fast speeds.
HTC's additions to Windows Phone aren't as extensive as Nokia's, but tools such as Sense TV and... Full review
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